Dagnija Lejina

Co-founder, Latvian Start-up Association

Dagnija is a passionate communications professional with a special interest in technologies, startups and community engagement. She is a Co-Founder of the boutique reputation management company "Lejina and Partners" and a Co-Founder and CEO of the tech, startup, corporate, policy and lifestyle multi-event meeting platform "Digital Freedom Festival".

She is an active advocate of the start-up movement, a Co-Founder of Riga Venture Summit and a Co-Founder member of the Latvian Start-up Association.

As an advocate of female leadership, she has co-founded the public speaking platform "Oratore", for developing public speaking skills, and "Novatore" - a business consultancy for female economic empowerment.

Prior to that, Dagnija was heading communications in the biggest Nordic bank – Nordea in Latvia, also coordinating communications in Poland and Baltic countries. She also gained public affairs experience by serving as the Press Secretary and Communications Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia after Latvia joined NATO and the EU.

Dagnija was leading the Latvian Association of PR professionals, she is a regional coordinator of the European Association of Communications Directors (EACD). She has won numerous prestigious awards in the field of communications, including the award of the best communications professional in the private sector. She has established the NGO Nordic Reputation Hub, which organises an international conference "Reputation Time".

She is experimenting with different productivity and happiness management projects and is driving a community #investinLife to promote more engaging living by guiding through different #lifehacks.

As a UK government's Chevening scholar, Dagnija has graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she received an MSc in Politics and Communications.